Join Sakyong Mipham’s Book and Retreat Tour: The Lost Art of Good Conversation

In a world of iPhones and connectivity to social media and email, we are all in constant connection with one another.

Then why are so many people feeling burned out, distant from colleagues, and abandoned by family and friends?

In this new book, The Lost Art of Good Conversation, from the bestselling author of Running with the Mind of Meditation, the Sakyong uses the basic principles of the Shambhala tradition—meditation and a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom, compassion, and courage of all beings—to help readers to listen and speak more mindfully with loved ones, co-workers, strangers, and even ourselves.

He highlights the importance of good conversation in these challenging times—exploring how we can awaken to our lives through the simple act of conversing with others. Through mindfully engaging in the relationships in our lives, we can find personal fulfillment.

But why has the Sakyong chosen conversation as the topic of his next book? In his words…

“At a time when every word has the potential to lead us down the path of either peace or war, it is essential that we engage in the exercise of awakened conversation. Through conversation, we can strengthen the confidence in our own worthiness and engender confidence in the worthiness of humanity itself.”

The book’s underlying message is that our world is in dire need of kindness and compassion. Simply by shifting the focus of our life away from our own agenda, we can connect with others and the greater world.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is celebrating the topic with a retreat tour with Shambhala teachers Lodro Rinzler, Susan Piver, Shastri Ethan Nichtern and Acharya Fleet Maull. The retreat is being offered around the world online via live streaming and recorded sessions so that everyone can participate and learn the Lost Art of Good Communication. 

About Sakyong Mipham

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage and the global network of more than 200 Shambhala Meditation Centers. With a unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives, his teachings focus on living a courageous life based on wisdom, kindness and compassion. He also holds the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.

He is a husband, father of three daughters, and avid runner. Through the Sakyong Foundation, he engages in supporting organizations and projects whose activities exemplify the Shambhala vision in Asia and the West. Visit his website at

Using everyday life as a means to ripen this spiritual potential, his teachings help us practice turning the mind toward others as a discipline that creates confidence and compassion.

He is a husband and father of three daughters. An avid runner, he has completed nine marathons. He is author of four books including the bestselling Turning the Mind into an Ally and Running with the Mind of Meditation. Through the Sakyong Foundation, he engages in supporting organizations and projects whose activities exemplify the Shambhala vision in Asia and the West.


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